Virgil Michael Thelen was born February 20, 1921, at Parkston, SD to Edward and Anna (Germscheid) Thelen. He grew up in Parkston and graduated from Parkston Catholic School. He married Viola Hartman January 25, 1943 in Parkston. He farmed in the Stickney area for 30 years and then moved to Mitchell in 1973. He worked in maintenance at the Woolworth building for 20 years retiring in 1994. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
Virgil is survived by one sister: Marion Hartman of Sioux Falls, one sister-in-law, Shirley Thelen of Mitchell and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola; his parents; two brothers: Victor and Jerome Thelen; two sisters: Hilda Schoenfelder and Bernice Wedmore; three brothers-in-law: Sylvester Schoenfelder, Gideon Hartman, Harold Wedmore; and one sister-in-law, Colleen Thelen.